The third film of the Dirty Harry
series. Callahan and his new female partner go after a terrorist group that has kidnapped the mayor.
- BFG: The LAW rockets.
- Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Kate does this drunkenly during a deleted scene.
- Catch Phrase: Kate's is "Don't concern yourself, Inspector" whenever she thinks Harry is trying to patronize her. Her dying words are, "Don't concern yourself...Harry."
- The Cavalry Arrives Late: After Harry and Kate kill all the terrorists and save the mayor, a single helicopter arrives with Captain McKay on a loudspeaker announcing that they would be giving in to all their demands.
- Crashing Through the Harem: When chasing the police station bomber Henry Lee Caldwell, Harry crashes through a skylight onto a bed where some people are filming an amateur porn movie.
- Double Don't Know: One of the terrorists wants to know something:
Bobby: Did Wanda deliver the [Ransom Note] tape to the cops?
Lalo: I don't know, I don't know, I don't know. I wasn't with her.
- Missing Backblast: Averted in The Enforcer. During the demonstration for the LAW rockets, Kate gets behind the shooter to get a better view. Harry pulls her away in the nick of time before the backblast can scorch her.
- Nausea Dissonance: It happens again in The Enforcer at an autopsy when the surgeon removes the subject's brain. Harry is unaffected but his partner Kate is clearly looking queasy. A joke by the surgeon sends her over the edge:
Autopsy Surgeon: Oh, Jesus H. Christ, Harry, come here and look at this! It's the damnedest thing I ever saw.
Harry Callahan: What's that?
- Noble Bigot with a Badge In his initial meeting with his female partner in .
- Harry did have some valid and very legitimate concerns about their choice of a female partner for him. They were promoting an officer who had never even made an arrest to detective, and he wasn't sure that someone with zero street experience could cut it as a detective - regardless of gender.
- And since she gets shot in the end, he might have even been right.
- Possibly justified as Callahan's partners tend to end up dead or hospitalised regardless of whether they are experienced or not. If the partner survives they gain a lot of experience and if they die at least an experienced man is not dead.
- Which doubles as the Idiot Ball for her superiors who assign inexperienced police officer to a Maverick Cop whose partners wind up wounded or killed in action and who tends to take the most dangerous cases.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: Harry starts Magnum Force in the Stakeout Squad, and in The Enforcer gets reassigned to Personnel after ram-raiding a liquor-store robbery turned hostage situation.
Harry: Personnel? But that's for assholes!
- Series composer Lalo Schifrin may be absent from one Callahan entry,, but his name certainly isn't. Though it did go to one of Bobby Maxwell's men.